Review: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

The lustre of Asgardian high adventure diminishes a little in this follow-up to 2011’s Thor (and last year’s Avengers Assemble too). Alan Taylor’s serviceable sequel delivers the epic action required from the latest entry in Marvel’s ambitious cinematic masterplan, but the story is awash with far too much pseudo-scientific blather and a vague sense of …

Review: Riddick (2013)

Outside of the Fast and Furious franchise, the intergalactic anti-hero Richard B. Riddick remains Vin Diesel’s most successful character – a mysterious loner who is as inscrutable as he is lethal. After the back to basics sci-fi horror Pitch Black kickstarted Diesel’s action man career and garnered Riddick a loyal following, the franchise appeared to …

Review: Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

A very hit and miss affair, this follow-up to 2010’s mightily entertaining Kick-Ass succumbs to the law of diminishing returns. On the surface it has all its predecessor’s ingredients: bloody violence, inappropriate language, flirtations with darker thematic material, an irreverent approach to the world of comic books. Yet something is lacking; perhaps it was the …

Review: The Lone Ranger (2013)

Arriving in the UK with the word ‘FLOP’ seared into its flesh, thanks to a lacklustre marketing campaign, an underwhelming performance at the box office stateside and a critical mauling in many quarters, Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s adaptation of The Lone Ranger had a bad reputation before it even opened. All the more reason to …

Review: The Wolverine (2013)

The X-Men franchise rehabilitation continues apace with The Wolverine, a sturdy second spin-off for the mutton-chopped, metal-boned mutant. Arriving in the wake of 2011’s fast-paced First Class, and with one eye on next year’s sure-to-be-epic Days of Future Past, this new entry is akin to a pause for breath, centring as it does on its …